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The Gooner spoke to Mark Brindle, Arsenal’s Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO), for their second issue of the season.

The interview covers a lot of different topics including how he works with the Supporters Clubs around the world and other fan organisations, what’s being done regarding ticket prices and improving the atmosphere, and what’s been his highlight of the year he’s been in the role.

He also spoke about how he came to get the job for which there wasn’t room…

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The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) organised an SLO bilateral meeting in Thessaloniki on the day before the Europa League play-off round first leg between PAOK and Brøndby IF. It was attended by Kaltampanidis Efthimis and Giantsidis Kiriakos) of the PAOK FC fan department, PAOK security officer Panagiotis Pliatsikas, Telis Zournatsidis, representative and team manager of PAOK basketball club and also Lasse Bauer and Mickel Lauritsen, SLO and security officer of Brøndby IF respectively. The discussion began with a welcome from…

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Jorge Silverio, SLO coordinator at the Portuguese Football Federation, spoke last week in an interview about his efforts to increase match attendances and bring supporters closer to their club.

The prediction for 2015/16 season is that attendances in Portuguese stadiums will be higher than previous years, a result that is far from random. “The FA, the league and the clubs have been working towards this for quite some time,” Jorge said. “However, it takes time to begin seeing results and you…

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The first leg of the second Europa League qualifying round saw Bulgarian club Beroe Stara Zagora host Danish side Brøndby IF. The Bulgarian Football Union took the opportunity to organise its first UEFA SLO bilateral meeting, which was also the inaugural meeting for the 2015/16 season.

The event took place at the premises of the local BFU branch one day before the match. It was chaired by BFU SLO coordinator Dimitar Christov and attended by representatives of the local BFU office…

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Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor managed to secure Visas on Arrival for the club’s travelling supporters for their recent away match against Qarabaq in Azerbaijan.

As the visa process can take up to 10 days, supporters are often prevented from travelling. However, through this cooperation the necessary time was reduced to just three days, and with the use of the club’s communications channels (website, Twitter, etc.), Celtic enjoyed the support of over 100 fans instead of the original handful expected to…

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2014/15 has been another busy year for the SLO project as various licensing bodies across Europe organised training workshops or events for their club SLOs, the UEFA SLO bilateral meetings were introduced, new translated and localised handbooks were published, initiatives with direct impact on the SLO were started, there was an effort for its better understanding by and cooperation with non-football stakeholders, its communications improved with a new UEFA electronic newsletter, a new SD Europe newsletter, the launch of the official twitter account and more.

Training workshops

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At the beginning of 2015 season the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) and representatives of clubs, the Norwegian Football League (NTF), the Norwegian Supporter Alliance (NSA) and the police gathered in Gardermoen for a security seminar and cooperation meeting.

“This meeting and this cooperation is unique in a European context. We have great support from the authorities at the highest level. The police and local authorities have a good cooperation with the clubs”, said NFF competition director Nils Fisketjønn. “All parties have worked well together…

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The UEFA Executive Committee approved the 2015–18 UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at its recent meeting in Prague. One requirement of the updated regulations, which are effective from 1 July 2015, is for clubs to have a nominated disability access officer (DAO).

According to the regulations the DAO will be a club appointee and help clubs to meet the needs and demands of disabled supporters, who are often excluded and not taken into account in the delivery of…

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Violence in Swedish football has been reduced by at least 20% since 2012, SEF say, and Supporter Liaison Officers (SLOs) are playing a key role in it, as “their hard work is spreading consensus among the fans”.

SEF’s moto is “Everyone is welcome and everyone should feel safe at a football stadium” and they describe SLOs as “people from the fan base who have a good knowledge of their club and its supporters and are responsible for…

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At the invitation of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), UEFA and SD Europe SLO consultant Stuart Dykes met with the BFU SLO Coordinator, Dimitar Christov, and future deputy general secretary, Pavel Kolev, on 17 June. The two sides discussed the status of the SLO project in Bulgaria, the work being undertaken and the challenges in implementing the SLO requirement. The BFU highlighted their commitment to promoting the project and organising a workshop next season and requested assistance in educating and…

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